Sport Sharapova sails into Tianjin semi-finals

13:15  13 october  2017
13:15  13 october  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Sharapova breezes into Tianjin semis

  Sharapova breezes into Tianjin semis Maria Sharapova equalled her best performance since returning from a doping suspension as she breezed into the Tianjin Open semi-finals on Friday. The Russian easily defeated Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 in 64 minutes and the former world No 1 will face China's Peng Shuai in the last four.Sharapova returned in April from a 15-month suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.In her first tournament back, in Stuttgart, she made it to the semi-finals but has been unable to repeat that feat again, until now.

Tianjin (china) (afp) -. Maria Sharapova equalled her best performance since returning from a doping suspension as she breezed into the Tianjin Open semi - finals on Friday. The Russian easily defeated Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3

TIANJIN - Maria Sharapova equalled her best performance since returning from a doping suspension as she breezed into the Tianjin Open semi - finals on Friday. The Russian easily defeated Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3

mariasharapova - cropped: Maria Sharapova in action at the US Open © Provided by Omnisport Maria Sharapova in action at the US Open

Maria Sharapova moved a step closer to claiming her first title since returning from a doping ban by outclassing Stefanie Voegele to reach the semi-finals of the Tianjin Open.

The five-time grand slam champion needed only an hour and four minutes to wrap up a 6-3 6-1 victory on Friday.

Sharapova will play defending champion Peng Shuai in her first semi-final since reaching the last four in Stuttgart on her comeback from a 15-month suspension six months ago.

The unseeded Russian has not dropped a set this week and recovered from an uncertain start to see off Voegele, who took advantage of three unforced errors and a double fault to break in the first game of the match but that was as good as it got for the qualifier.

Sharapova reaches Tianjin final

  Sharapova reaches Tianjin final Maria Sharapova has reached her first final since 2015 after beating Shuai Peng 6-3 6-1 at the Tianjin Open. The Russian is enjoying her most successful tournament since she returned in April from a 15-month ban for taking the banned substance meldonium.A five-time grand slam champion, Sharapova needed just 78 minutes to beat third seed Peng, and she will be hot favourite to claim the title on Sunday, when she will face World No 102 Aryna Sabalenka in the final.Having been given a wildcard into the tournament, the 30-year-old Sharapova has powered into the decider without even dropping a set.

TIANJIN : Maria Sharapova equalled her best performance since returning from a doping suspension when she reached the Tianjin Open semi - finals on Friday. The Russian easily defeated Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-1 in 64 minutes.

TIANJIN , China — Maria Sharapova surged into the Tianjin Open quarter- finals on Thursday as she pursues her first tournament victory since her return from a doping ban. The Russian former world No. 1 defeated Magda Linette of Poland 7-5

Sharapova lost just one point on serve in the first set after failing to hold in the opening game, breaking to level at 1-1 and again to lead 5-3 before serving out the set.

The former world number one bossed the second set, surging into a 4-0 lead as she wasted no time in dispatching Voegele.

Peng stayed in the hunt to retain her title on home soil with a brutal 6-0 6-1 demolition of Sara Sorribes Tormo.

The third seed took just an hour to move into the last four, losing only nine points on serve in a quarter-final which was something of a non-contest.

Aryna Sabalenka and Sara Errani will meet in the other semi-final following victories over Zhu Lin and Christina McHale respectively.

Sharapova reaches first final since doping ban .
Maria Sharapova has not won a title since May 2015, but her wait could come to an end when she faces Aryna Sabalenka on Sunday.Maria Sharapova will face teenager Aryna Sabalenka in her first final since serving a drugs ban after coasting to a straight-sets victory over defending champion Peng Shuai in the Tianjin Open.

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